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Gordon Ramsay Cookalong – How to Cook a Perfect Steak

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Gordon Ramsay – How to Cook a Perfect Steak

This recipe comes from Gordon Ramsay’s F Word

Gordon Says “don’t be afraid to cook a steak on the big night. If you follow these simple rules, it will be easy. Let the pan get nice and hot. If there’s no heat in the pan, there’s no color. If there’s no color, there’s no flavor”. Make sure the steak is relaxed, meaning it’s at room temperature. A relaxed steak will cook quicker, and won’t be stone cold in the center. Ingredients needed to cook a perfect steak couldn’t be simpler, so grab a steak next time you’re at the market, and treat yourself to a delicious meal.

Keep in mind, stove cooked steaks can produce lots of smoke while cooking. Open the windows before you start, and turn on the exhaust fan.

Ingredients:

  • New York Steak (or your preferred cut)
  • Salt
  • Freshly Cracked Pepper
  • Butter
  • Neutral Oil (flavorless cooking oil)

Directions:

Use a generous amount of salt and pepper to season the steak, and gently press it into the meat with your fingers. The thicker the cut of steak, the more salt and pepper you will need.

Use a heavy pan for cooking steak. Cast iron pans work best for this particular meal. Get the pan nice and hot, then add the oil. Wait for the oil to heat up, it should just start to smoke before adding the steak. Add the steak and push it down in the center with your fingers to ensure the entire steak is touching the bottom of the pan.

It’s very important to only flip the steak once during cooking. Moving the steak around while cooking it will only drain it of essential juices and lead to a less than desirable result. For rare, cook 2-3 minutes on the first side, then flip the steak. About 1 1/2 minutes into the second side, melt butter into the pan. Spoon the butter over the steak, ensuring to cover the entire steak. When the steak is just about finished, turn it onto it’s back, fat side down. Cook for about 30 seconds to reduce and soften the strip of fat. Remove steak from pan, and baste again with butter from the pan. Leave to rest, then slice if desired.

You can test doneness of the steak by comparing the firmness of the steak to parts of your hand. Rare is on your thumb muscle, near your palm, medium is near the outer edge of your thumb, and well-done is where your wrist meets your hand. Watch the video for a visual explanation of firmness. Embedding is disabled on the video for some reason, but you can watch it by clicking the link.

F Word
How to cook a perfect steak.

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17 Comments

  1. michael acitelli

    I want to thank Gordon Ramsay for turning my life around health wise as and otherwise. I was a vegetarian for over ten years but I will eat a steak prepared by chef Ramsay or a chef he approves of. In fact I will eat meat now if cooked properly and looks appealing to my taste buds. I love how he is honest and filled with integrity, and calls people out on their bullshit every fuckin time. You are my new hero and I am going to even go to school so I can try and be a chef. Thank you Gordon you are a great human being. -Michael A.

  2. Rene Burlet

    Chef Ramsay , is very talented but his use of the english language is rubbish. I have been involved in the cooking world far longer than Chef Ramsay and can tell you , if you need to get your restaurant up and running he is a waste of time. Here is the secret handshake in one minute. Clean your kitchen perfectly , have a simple menu, Know who is in charge absolutely, never use a microwave oven and use fresh products always…. Know your community , what do they want….. Sorry Chef Ramsay it’s really not that hard…..

  3. Foodie

    I assume you’re referring to Kitchen Nightmares. Gordon doesn’t help people start restaurants in that show, he helps them save their restaurant. Usually the owner has slipped into horrible habits, and is self-deluded. What Chef Gordon Ramsay does is give them the jolt of reality they need to get back on track. He also injects the restaurant with fresh energy, money, and customers. Perhaps the formula isn’t hard, but seeing past one’s self-delusions and time acquired depression can be extremely difficult without outside perspective.

  4. nova creason

    I think chef Ramesy is is great.He helps people who need it even when they act like jerks.His ability to turn nothing into something great always surprises me and he is very easy on the eyes that never hurts!

  5. Rene Burlet

    I completely agree with your assessment. I hope there are new episodes in the future. I enjoy” kitchen nightmares” over the “F word” by far.

  6. snaketheslayer

    ive always cooked my steaks on the grill. I tried this skillet method w fried shrimp and sauteed fresh green beans, it was excellent, thanx for the tip.

  7. Katie

    I love chef Ramesy. He is not afraid of anything. even travel around the world to explore diff cuisine. Good job Chef, always enjoyed your show

  8. Eleanor Stevens

    My steaks usually end up as ‘biltong’ (South African dried meat, hard and chewy) but not this time! Thank you Gordon.

  9. Stabag28

    Thank-you Gordon Ramsay! This is amazing way to cook steak! I just cooked rib eyes and they turned out perfectly. All I did was cook them for two minutes per side instead of 1 1/2. Also make sure you use the neutral oil, I used grape seed oil.

  10. Rnad Al.Roudhan

    i don’t know the first thing about cooking, it’s the first time of my life that I’m able to make something edible.
    clear, simple and it really works.

  11. Vanessa

    Gordon Ramsay….the BEST chef EVER!! Why? because he keeps it real and that I appreciate.

    My boys and I are crazy for all his shows. Not only because it is entertaining, nor because it teaches you how to cook and appreciate good food, but he has his heart in absolutely everything he does. THAT is the secret ingredient.

    Good on you Gordon Ramsay!!

  12. Lusus Naturae

    Chef Ramsay is the best chef on the planet, he is always brutally honest, which I appreciate. His integrity is what makes me love to watch his shows. I like them all. Kitchen Nightmares and Hell’s Kitchen being my favorites. I wish that censorship wasn’t an issue in the states, because I enjoy hearing him speak in complete sentences and don’t find expletives to be offensive, but necessary in most cases. If I ever became a professional chef, I would want to be his student. Thank you Chef Ramsay for being who you are and making food fun and delicious and interesting!!! Sincerely.

  13. Porscha

    Chef ramsey is awesome if you can’t speak good about him shut up! He can cuss at me all day long it’s called tough love that’s how he gets those hard heads to listen he is a pro so suck it up I wish he could teach me everything he knows!

  14. Tommy

    I am not a chef, but Rene are you seriously stating you can clarify what chef Ramsey has mastered in one paragraph? Chef?? Where?? Olive Garden?? Seriously, you are really saying It’s simple!!

  15. Liz

    Thank you for compiling all of these recipes, especially the perfect steak one!! If I crave a steak, I’ll go to a restaurant and spend way too much money, usually being upset with the steak I get…. Now I’ve used this method twice and it costs about $5 and I have the pride of preparing a cut of meat that’s WAAAY better than restaurant quality!! Saves me money and makes me feel good knowing that I did it all!! Thanks :D

  16. Susan Jochum

    Dear Chef Ramsey,
    When my father was alive his hobby was cooking and the food he prepared from my seemingly empty refridgerator was amazing. I regret not paying more attention to him as he worked but he had a fierce temper with kitchen ignorance. With that said I do so enjoy your shows (you remind me of him in many ways)and I have tried to be a better cook. I enjoy your tips and recipies……………I do crash every now and then because I love to create dishes. Recently made what I call a Riccotta cheese bread stuffing………my family and friends loved it. Thank you for your inspirations. Susan

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